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Monday, 4 February 2008

  • Leading article: Is something bugging you?
    Tuesday, 5 February 2008

    So was it a cock-up or a conspiracy? The decision was apparently taken by a Thames Valley Police officer. It is unclear at what level it was authorised. It is also unclear whether the police knew it was not permitted to bug an MP. The Home Secretary,...

  • Leading article: Decision day for a nation emerging from Bush's shadow
    Tuesday, 5 February 2008

    What makes today so special, though, is not just the record number of states voting, but the level of engagement of the voters and the likely record turn-outs. With both party contests still open, despite the exceptionally early start to the electora...

  • Leading article: We must not turn a blind eye to this cruelty
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    Kidnapping schoolchildren and forcing them into marriage is utterly unacceptable and indeed criminal. Under the law, no British citizen can be coerced into marriage against his or her will. Like so-called "honour killings" and female genital mutilati...

  • Ivor Roberts: The threat of a Balkan flare-up has not gone away
    Tuesday, 5 February 2008

    I suspect that, despite the temporary warm glow and relief in the chanceries of Europe from the narrow win by the pro-Western Boris Tadic over his ultra-nationalist Radical candidate Tomislav Nikolic (whose party leader is the absentee, in The Hague,...

  • Leading article: Safeguarding taxpayers' money
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    The Government insists that nationalisation is still an option if the rescue packages prove unsatisfactory, but it is clear where the preference of ministers lies. Gordon Brown wants a private-sector solution. The £25bn of Bank of England loans made ...

  • Letters: British Muslim salutes Afghan convicted for seeking truth
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    I am a British Muslim, and I do not share my religious beliefs with Afghan clerics. Pervez is not making fun of Islam; he is seeking truth and sharing with friends. I appeal to world leaders, including ours, to help him. Muhammad Siddiqui Manchester ...

  • Letters: Pervez Kambaks
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    I am a British Muslim, and I do not share my religious beliefs with Afghan clerics. Pervez is not making fun of Islam; he is seeking truth and sharing with friends. I appeal to world leaders, including ours, to help him. Muhammad Siddiqui Manchester ...

  • Leading article: Historical echo
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    The release by the National Archives of the Cabinet Secretary's handwritten notes from the last months of Winston Churchill's final stretch as Prime Minister are, as usual, a treat for historians. But they are also an interesting contrast for those o...

  • Jerome Taylor: An illness that has defied medical science
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    Britain has led much of the most pioneering research to find a cure, through its Common Cold Unit which was set up in 1943. European governments first began to realise just how devastating the illness could be in the immediate aftermath of the First ...

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